Big Tips Texas

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Big Tips Texas
Big Tips Texas.jpg
GenreDocu-series[1]
Created by
  • Ross Breitenbach[2]
  • Andy Meyer[2]
  • Scot Thor[2]
Starring
  • Typhani
  • Amber
  • Claire
  • Sabrina
  • Kristyn
  • Morgan
  • Mimi
  • Jillian
  • Macy
  • Mercedez
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes14
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Ross Breitenbach
  • Shannon Fitzgerald
  • Tiffany Lea Williams
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Breitenbach Creative + Media
Release
Original networkMTV
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseOctober 9 –
December 18, 2013 (2013-12-18)
External links
Website

Big Tips Texas is an American documentary-style series that premiered October 9, 2013, on MTV.[1] Big Tips Texas follows a group of employees at Redneck Heaven, a breastaurant in Lewisville, Texas.[3][4][5][6]

Concept[edit]

The show title is a double entendre of the phrases "big tips" (i.e., tipping, or a gratuity) and "big tits" (i.e., slang for breasts).[7] The show was filmed at and around Redneck Heaven, a breastaurant in Lewisville, Texas.[7] Before airing, Texas Monthly predicted that the show would "focus primarily on drinking, cussing, screwing, and fighting, with frequent subplots involving betrayal, name-calling, applying to Harvard, and other cable-friendly degradations of contemporary Gomorrah."[8]

Cast[edit]

Industry sources have reported the cast members were likely paid between $1,500 and $2,500 an episode in addition to their normal compensation and tips for working at the restaurant.[9] Reviewers have noted that the cast was split between those described by MTV News as Redneck Heaven "veterans" (Sabrina, Typhani, Claire and Amber[10]) and "new girls" (Kristyn, Macy, Jillian, Mimi, Mercedez and Morgan[10]).[7] All the cast members but Typhani were either bartenders or waitstaff; Typhani, conversely, was the head of marketing for Redneck Heaven.[10] Beyond these differences, cast members have been described by reviewers as being fairly similar in appearance and background.[7]

Reception[edit]

Variety magazine describe it as "Coyote Ugly: The Series". Brian Lowry categorizes this Texas based show as an attempt to recreate the regional appeal of shows such as Duck Dynasty, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, and Jersey Shore, but criticizes the "dreary sameness to these characters and situations" and says that very little of the show seems real.[11]

Amy Kuperinsky at NJ.com gave the show a moderately positive review (a "B"), citing cast member Amber as a particular highlight of the show. Kuperinsky draws parallels between the dramatic alcohol-fueled antics of Amber and those of Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi from Jersey Shore. Kuperinsky writes that one of the most memorable scenes involved a "Minnow Bomb" where a shot of alcohol is taken with a small live fish to be swallowed whole.[12]

Belle Cushing of Grub Street mentions the drama when the Lewisville, Texas city council moved to classify body paint (like that used during Anything But Clothes events at Redneck Heaven) as nudity[13] and draws a connection between this and the drama of the show itself. Cushing is negative about the show's drama, however, describing it as being more than "anyone should be able to humanly stand."[14]

Fox News was also harshly critical of Big Tips Texas. In discussing the show, Hollie McKay cites numerous sources which castigate Big Tips Texas' "need to sexualize...[and its] lowering of good taste." The review further criticizes the notion that undressing for larger tips from customers should be considered hard work and calls it an insult to women taking other, non-sexualized, career paths.[9]

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Original air date U.S. viewers
(million)
1"Welcome to Redneck Heaven"October 9, 2013 (2013-10-09)0.61[15]
2"Promotion Problems"October 9, 2013 (2013-10-09)0.62[15]
3"Marketing Mayhem"October 16, 2013 (2013-10-16)0.41[16]
4"Rumor Has It"October 16, 2013 (2013-10-16)0.47[16]
5"True Lies"October 23, 2013 (2013-10-23)N/A
6"Redneck Etiquette"October 30, 2013 (2013-10-30)N/A
7"Cowgirl Camp Out"November 6, 2013 (2013-11-06)N/A
8"Bringing Down the House"November 13, 2013 (2013-11-13)N/A
9"Party Poopers"November 20, 2013 (2013-11-20)N/A
10"Relationship Rodeo"November 27, 2013 (2013-11-27)N/A
11"Make Ups And Break Ups"December 4, 2013 (2013-12-04)N/A
12"Texas Turmoil"December 11, 2013 (2013-12-11)N/A
13"Friendtervention"December 18, 2013 (2013-12-18)N/A
14"Cow Girl Up"December 18, 2013 (2013-12-18)N/A

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Laussade, Alice (August 8, 2013). "MTV's New Docu-Series: Big Tips Texas, Plus 5 More Texas-Based Reality Shows". Dallas Observer. Retrieved September 4, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Bibel, Sara (September 4, 2013). "Reality Series 'Big Tips Texas' & 'Scrubbing In' to Premiere in October on MTV". TV by the Numbers (Press release).
  3. ^ Darling, Cary (August 28, 2013). "MTV's 'Big Tips Texas' Turns Reality-TV Lens on Dallas". DFW.com. Retrieved September 4, 2013.
  4. ^ Mosbaugh, Erin (August 27, 2013). "Big Tips Texas, MTV's New Reality Show, Takes Place at a Breastaurant". First We Feast. Retrieved September 4, 2013.
  5. ^ Embiricos, George (August 26, 2013). "MTV Hopes Its Next 'Jersey Shore' Is A Show About The Best Little Bar In Texas". Food Republic. Retrieved September 4, 2013.
  6. ^ Olin, Andy (September 26, 2013). "Big Tips Texas to debut on MTV". Houston Chronicle.
  7. ^ a b c d Vonder Haar, Pete (January 8, 2014). "Reality Bites: Big Tips Texas". Houston Press. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  8. ^ Winkler, Jeff (October 9, 2013). "Meet the King of the Breastaurant™ Empire". Texas Monthly. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  9. ^ a b McKay, Hollie (September 20, 2013). "New MTV show 'Big Tips Texas' equates hard work with shedding clothes for money". Fox News. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  10. ^ a b c Donnelly, Matthew Scott (September 12, 2013). "Meet the wild barmaids of 'Big Tips Texas,' and find out who's in what clique". MTV News. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  11. ^ Lowry, Brian (October 3, 2013). "TV Review: 'Big Tips Texas'". Variety. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  12. ^ Kuperinsky, Amy (October 9, 2013). "In 'Big Tips Texas,' MTV messes with minnows, weaves and booty shorts". NJ.com. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  13. ^ Nicholson, Eric (November 12, 2013). "Cedar Hill is Terrified of Redneck Heaven's Painted Breasts". Dallas Observer. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  14. ^ Cushing, Belle (October 10, 2013). "MTV's Breastaurant-Themed Big Tips Texas Shouldn't Exist, But It Does". Grub Street. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  15. ^ a b Yanan, Travis (October 10, 2013). "Wednesday's Cable Ratings & Broadcast Finals: "Duck Dynasty," "American Horror Story" Top Demos at 10 PM". The Futon Critic.
  16. ^ a b Yanan, Travis (October 17, 2013). "Wednesday's Cable Ratings & Broadcast Finals: "Modern Family," "Toy Story of Terror!" Top Demos". The Futon Critic.